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Children's Fiction Alphabet

Most Magnificent Maker's A to Z, The

illustrated by Ashley Spires

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Alphabet, Science & Technology, Imagination & Play
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
Recommended Reading age
4 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price

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This latest addition to The Most Magnificent series highlights all the words little makers need to know.

In this delightful twist on a vocabulary book, the beloved characters from The Most Magnificent Thing walk with readers from A to Z, defining all the words they need to know about making. It perfectly captures the ups (“I is for IDEA. A gift from the imagination that wants to be made”) and the downs (“P is for PATIENCE. Most things don't work the first time ... or the third time ... or even the twelfth time”) all makers face and includes kid-perfect explanations of key concepts (“B is for BRAINSTORM. When ideas of all shapes and sizes rain onto the page”). It's a fun and clever alphabet journey, sure to inspire magnificent making of every kind!

Fans of the first two Most Magnificent books will be thrilled to discover the wit and wisdom their favorite girl and her dog have to offer in this new title. Bestselling and award-winning author-illustrator Ashley Spires brings her one-of-a-kind humor, empathy and keen understanding of human nature to this informational picture book, providing children with vocabulary to help them navigate the creative process. It's an excellent motivational tool that showcases a growth mindset; the importance of imagining, innovating and making mistakes; and the character traits of perseverance and resilience. The first book in the series was adapted into an award-winning animated short film in 2019, and Millie Magnificent, an animated TV series based on the books, is currently in production for 2024.

About the author


Ashley Spires est diplômé de l'Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. Artiste touche à tout, elle a créé des sites Internet, des livres et des marionnettes. Elle est auteure et illustratrice de plusieurs livres dont Quel génie!, la série Basile le chat de l'espace,Petit Paul, Chien recherche garçon et André est débordé. Ashley a également illustré Le Labo des malins par Shar Levine et Leslie Johnstone. Elle vit à Delta, en Colombie-Britannique.


Ashley Spires earned her BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and went on to earn a graduate diploma in illustration from Sheridan College. She is also the illustrator of Binky the Space Cat. Ashley lives in British Columbia, but you can find her at

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Editorial Reviews

Kids need to learn that makers don't always have a linear way of doing things and that sometimes there are sidesteps and backward steps and even steps that need to be erased ... Ashley Spires shows young readers that they can make things magnificent.—CanLit for Little Canadians

Spires' understanding of the fragility and power of the artistic impulse mixes with expert pacing and subtle characterization for maximum delight.—Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review (Praise for The Most Magnificent Thing)

... the message is that hard work and persistence, leavened with some imagination, can result in a creative triumph.—CM Magazine

Reassuring banter for any young maker hitting their first rough patch.—Kirkus Reviews (Praise for The Most Magnificent Idea)

... valuable advice for eager young makers and their inevitable impediments.—Kirkus Reviews

... readers will empathize with the young builder when her confidence is shaken, and admire her perseverance, skill and renewed enthusiasm... Magnificent ideas can arise, sometimes when they're least expected.—Canadian Children's Booknews (Praise for The Most Magnificent Idea)

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